March 3, 2024


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We ought to carry the spirit of Mitzvah Day into the tricky winter | Stephen Greenhalgh

Mitzvah Working day, born in the Jewish local community, encourages aid and inclusivity. That get the job done started off by Laura Marks, Mitzvah Working day Founder and Chair, is now far more essential than ever as we are in the middle of the next national restrictions in reaction to this international pandemic.

This calendar year has been hard year for us all. I misplaced my mom to Covid-19 in the to start with lockdown in April. Mitzvah Day remind us all that small functions of kindness make a significant difference. It celebrates the spirit of compassion, which for several men and women drives their religion and beliefs. Mitzvah Day – and without a doubt Mitzvah month – this year celebrates an admirable initiative that  I am really delighted to participate in.

There is no better testomony to the resilience of our society than the love, empathy and compassion the British people today have shown one another since the onset of Covid-19.

I thank everybody who will be using part, donating their time in the coming month to help their communities.

In responding to this pandemic, central and nearby government are working with faith leaders, charities and grass-roots organisations to collectively ‘put our arms’ around communities.

Together, we have shielded the most vulnerable: delivering vital food parcels, protecting rough sleepers, and giving our additional elderly and isolated neighbours help, assistance, and a social network to call upon.

I have been grateful for the assistance of Jewish faith leaders and our Places of Worship Taskforce on policies all-around funerals, so that close family had the immutable right to show up at the funerals of their loved ones who died of Covid-19.

The Government has worked with the Chief Rabbi, the British Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and numerous others in the Jewish community to ensure that significant non secular moments, including Passover, were celebrated virtually while gathering in synagogues was not probable.  As a person of religion, I have an understanding of the sacrifice you have all manufactured to forgo communal worship as we fight this sickness.

As we head into a complicated wintertime, we need to have to carry with us the spirit of Mitzvah Day and keep on to aid one a further.

We will emerge from this pandemic much better at any time, secure in the information that the values of love, empathy and compassion will continue to define the character of our nation for generations to occur. It is that spirit I salute your fortitude and deliver my ideal needs for Mitzvah day.

Lord Stephen Greenhalgh is United kingdom Minister of Condition for Creating Basic safety and Communities